a. On the nature of the divine as manifest in the world
b. On the devotional relationship with the divine
a. Mischievous: spontaneous and tumultuous
b. Self-absorption and self-delight
c. Combat as Play: slayer of demons, protector of the people.
i. The demoness Putana: disguised as a woman, poisoned nipples
ii. Slaying the Multi-headed Serpent Kaliya:: lives in
nearby stream, poisoned the waters, K humors him, then jumps onto heads and
dances, grants him his life.
3. The Theology of Lila: Divine Play.
a. The divine as spontaneous, free, unrestricted, wild, playful
b. A devotional attitude/relationship: approach like an adoring parent.
II.† Krishna as Divine Lover
a. Poetic descriptions: every characteristic to be relished, otherworldly grace, fragrant smell, nails, face, etc.
b. Mirabai: 16th century passionate devotee, proclaimed K to be her husband
c. Gopis: cow-herding girls
2. The call of
a. A summons to
b. Affects all of creation: rivers slow to hear, clouds
hover overhead, astonishes and distracts the gods
3. The theology of Ananda = Bliss.
Universe shudders with delight,
a. Shyness, awakening of love. Love play: mocked
quarrels, fits of temper, reconciliation. Emotions of one overcome by love,
freedom of ecstasy, derangement, no control of senses (earrings on hands,
necklace on ankles) immersion in lover
a. Shaktis of
c. Love in marriage or out of wedlock
i. Longing in the loverís absence. The Gopisí asceticism
6. The devotional relationship: a relationship of lovers;